This past week, the wrestling world lost the iconic Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. This Sunday, in our Sunday Sermon, we’ll have a fulsome tribute to ‘The Brain’. Remembered fondly as a commentator, Heenan was also a top manager leading the ‘Heenan Family’ through various promotions. In this latest ‘Remembering‘ piece, we look at the first incarnation of that grouping in Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association. Continue reading
Once upon a time, not so long ago, the wrestling world had not one, not two, but three major wrestling organizations. They were collectively known as the “Big 3.” The Big 3 consisted of the NWA/WCW down south….the WWF up north and the AWA (The American Wrestling Association ) in the middle.
The AWA was owned and operated by a man named Verne Gagne….a wrestler himself…who believed that wrestlers should wrestle gimmick free. Their talents inside the ring should be the selling point…substance over flash. The AWA became a breeding ground for some of the biggest names in the sport. He had an eye and a knack for developing young stars like Leon White ( Big Van Vader ) Curt Hennig, Ken Patera, Madusa Miceli and countless others….The AWA sold out arenas and stadiums across the mid-west. As a matter of fact, the AWA’s “WrestleRock” card in 1986 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota drew over 22,000 fans….outdrawing the 2 infamous Crockett Cup shows at the Louisiana Superdome combined. The AWA also has a national syndicated TV deal with ESPN. Continue reading